To the Editor,

Thank you so much for advertising the Ryan Wilt Memorial Event over the last few months in your paper. We are so thankful for you and your generosity in helping us get the word out.  

I have attached a few pictures from the event and recap of the day.

Ryan Wilt would have been so fired up over the passion and commitment that was shown throughout the day at the 2nd Annual Ryan Wilt Memorial Event.  Dec. 20, 2014 would have been his 21st birthday. The family of Ryan Wilt along with many dedicated friends poured into Lakeview Camp and Conference Center Saturday morning. Over 100 participants kicked off  Ryan’s Run 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run and 12 teams battled through Teezy’s Tourney 3-on-3  Basketball Tournament. Volunteers with Southwest Transplant Alliance/Donate Life Texas Tina Rueles, a double-lung recipient and her mother, Martha were on hand to educate and register event participants for organ donation.

Ryan’s Run  Results: Trophies were awarded to Ryan’s 24 year-old cousin, Wendy Dozier from Batesville, Arkansas with a time of 24:40.5 for the overall female and overall male — David Martin of Cedar Hill with a time of  21:06.6. Medals were given out to the top three runners in each age category. Top Runners in each age category were also announced:  Rayn Critchfield, Sasha Martinez, Leah Farda, Andrea Robinson, Ethan Mullins, Cameron Ramirez, Thomas Adame, and Jeff Robinson.  Results and official times can be found at www.racechiptiming.com.

Teezy’s Tourney 3-on-3 Basketball was divided into 2 age brackets this year. Trophies and medals were awarded to all 1st through 3rd place team members.  Ryan’s Aunt Rebecca McConnico also donated basketballs to each winning team that were autographed by LSU head basketball coach Johnny Jones. Court Officials Mike Fay, Mike Morgan, along with Kim and Dale Kriegel made sure the tournament was just as Ryan would have wanted it to be — fun and friendly   

Results: Older Bracket — 1st Place - The Legends - Tim Larkin, Riley Battle, Trevor Conner, & Rach’Tavius Wigfall; 2nd Place - Year 2K12 - Austin Combs, Von Sargent, Yusef Reown, Eli Wigfall;  3rd Place - Misfits - Matthew Carter, Seth Powers, Dante Joseph

Younger Bracket — 1st Place - Dem Boyz - Jake Killion, Jake Norton, Trevin Robinson, & Taylor Bright; 2nd Place - S.C.G. - Dakota Strickland, Jordan Borders, Justin Van Winkle, Sean Moore;  3rd Place - The Flying Donkeys - Sam Jackson, Julian Franklin, Shane Jackson, Drake Willis

The day would not have been a success had it not been for the support and generosity of so many.  The family is so grateful to the many individuals and organizations for their support and sponsorship of this special event celebrating the life and friendships of Ryan Joseph Wilt.

Thank you to Bob and Becky Lynn, College Street Printing, The Waxahachie Daily Light, Lakeview Camp and Conference Center, Rockett Baptist Church, Neighborhood Credit Union, V-Care Health Services, Southwest Transplant Alliance, SME Advisors LC, Finley Jr. High Chey-Annes and Race Chip Timing Company.

We praise God and give thanks for all our family and friends who continue to pray for our family, give time, expertise, guidance and monetary gifts making the event truly memoriable.  It would not be possible if it were not for each of you.

Ryan loved playing basketball and taking his friends to church. The goal of the Ryan Wilt Memorial Fund is to help build a gymnasium at the Rockett Baptist Church as well as offer a scholarship in Ryan’s memory to a deserving graduating student at both Waxahachie High School and Rockett Baptist Church.  Donations to the Ryan Wilt Memorial Fund can be made directly to Rockett Baptist Church, 2870 FM 983, Red Oak, TX 75154 and will be accepted year round.  

Roger Wilt.

Waxahachie